Tur­ris talks ‘in right’ di­rec­tion

Ottawa Sun - - SPORT - @sun­gar­rioch — Bruce Garrioch

VAN­COU­VER — The Sen­a­tors are con­fi­dent they’ll be able to keep Kyle Tur­ris.

Though there’s been plenty of talk the vet­eran cen­tre will be dealt be­fore the Feb. 26 trade dead­line be­cause he hasn’t signed a new deal, GM Pierre Do­rion told re­porters Wed­nes­day’s talks with Tur­ris’ agent Kurt Over­hardt are con­tin­u­ing.

“We’re re­ally work­ing hard, both par­ties, to­wards a con­tract,” Do­rion said. “To us, there’s no panic. There are still eight months be­fore he be­comes an un­re­stricted free agent and we have a lot of faith we can get it done. “It’s been headed in the right di­rec­tion since we started the talks,” said Do­rion. It’s be­lieved the Sen­a­tors are will­ing to do a con­tract in the fiveyear range but Tur­ris’ camp wants a seven- or eight-ear deal. The club has had calls from teams on Tur­ris but it’s be­lieved the Blue Jack­ets have shown the most in­ter­est.

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